Dear Daughter

Little, Elizabeth

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Dear Daughter
"Former "It Girl" Janie Jenkins is sly, stunning, and fresh out of prison. Ten years ago, at the height of her fame, she was incarcerated for the murder of her mother, a high-society beauty known for her good works and rich husbands. Now, released on a technicality, Janie makes herself over and goes undercover, determined to chase down the one lead she has on her mother's killer. The only problem? Janie doesn't know if she's the killer she's looking for. Janie makes her way to an isolated South Dakota town whose mysteries rival her own. Enlisting the help of some new friends (and the town's wary police chief), Janie follows a series of clues--an old photograph, an abandoned house, a forgotten diary--and begins to piece together her mother's seemingly improbable connection to the town. When new evidence from Janie's own past surfaces, she's forced to consider the possibility that she and her mother were more alike than either of them would ever have imagined. As she digs tantalizingly deeper, and as suspicious locals begin to see through her increasingly fragile facade, Janie discovers that even the sleepiest towns hide sinister secrets--and will stop at nothing to guard them. On the run from the press, the police, and maybe even a murderer, Janie must choose between the anonymity she craves and the truth she so desperately needs" -- from publisher's web site

Publisher: New York :, Viking,, 2014
ISBN: 9780670016389
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY LITTL...E
Characteristics: 358 pages ; 24 cm


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"I often wonder how this book would have turned out if I had written it in any other city, because Janie is so purely a creature of Los Angeles: breezy-beautiful on the outside, sticky-dark on the inside. On the one hand we have beaches and bikram yoga and cafés where the employees are manda... Read More »

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Jan 17, 2015
  • gerimark rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

socialite imprisoned for murdering mother. whoops. wrong murderer. daugther finds out mother had secret life in SD.

Dec 22, 2014
  • Novel_Librarian rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this. Great character voice, nice use of ephemera (fake news and gossip website reports, text messages), interesting and fast-paced storyline.

I've also heard this is excellent on audiobook.

Dec 19, 2014
  • BrittieAnn rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book. The writing style of Elizabeth Little reminds me of that of Gillian Flynn, though without the talent for mystery/thriller.

The mystery was slow and easy to develop. It wasn't a book that required much thought from the reader.

Dec 17, 2014
  • BLACKSQUIRREL_1 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

had a really hard time getting through this. when I got to the end, I knew who did it--but not why & by then I didn't care!

Nov 04, 2014
  • SandyBlank rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Didn't get past chapter 3 due to filthy language. This was beyond the run of the mill cussing It's a shame since the story summary sounded good.

Sep 13, 2014
  • aliciamarie rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I don't think I have ever disliked a book this much. It was a complete waste of my time. I kept willing it to get better. Hoping it would get better. Expecting it to get better because the reviews were great. I am completely baffled as to why. The plot was as interesting as watching corn grow and moved at the same pace. Not what you're looking for in a mystery/thriller. The character was dull & bitchy, not "part sleuth- part sass" like described. The answers were being handed to her while she was stumbling around like an idiot. Why I bothered to finish this book is a mystery. How this book even got published along with such rave reviews is the biggest mystery of all! .

Sep 05, 2014

Very boring novel. Did not like it one bit.


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Dec 19, 2014
  • BrittieAnn rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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